India’s top court concludes hearings on Ayodhya land dispute

Ayodhya Hearing LIVE: Tore Pages With Court's Permission; CJI Gave Go-Ahead, Says Muslim Counsel Rajeev Dhava

Ayodhya title case: Supreme Court wraps up hearing, reserves judgment

The instructions by the state government came on the last day of the hearing of the dispute in the Supreme Court.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has been hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit for 40 days and had earlier set the deadline to finish arguments on October 18. Singh was addressing a press conference at party headquarters in New Delhi.

The Supreme Court today concluded hearing in Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute and reserved its judgement.

The final day of hearing saw high drama in court with Rajeev Dhavan representing Muslim parties tearing up a pictorial map provided by the All India Hindu Mahasabha purportedly showing the exact birthplace of Lord Ram. "You should wait for it". This act is not only misconduct by an associate but also unbecoming of a senior advocate.

Equating Dhavan's behaviour with that of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Vedanti said, "It is the culture of Congress".

The court further had said that while the hearing will go on, the mediation panel can go ahead with negotiations and if a settlement is reached, the same could be filed in the Supreme Court.

Dhavan then tore the pictorial map in the courtroom.

The High Court judgment had given two parts to Hindus - for the idol of Ram Lalla and for Nirmohi Akhara, a Hindu sect - and one to Muslims.

"Rajeev Dhavan, senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India, has committed a highly unethical act by tearing into pieces a copy of the map submitted before the Supreme Court".

Hindu parties relied on archeological evidence and responded to Muslim parties by saying "once a temple, always a temple" and claimed if Muslims have pleaded adverse possession then it squarely amounted to the admission that the temple or the deity was the prior owner.

The Hindu side strongly emphasized the ASI report that there is a huge structure like the north carpet temple under the disputed structure.

At the outset, Gogoi made it clear the hearing had to conclude on Wednesday. They interpreted the archaeological findings at the disputed site as that of an idgah.

The dispute began in the courts in the 19th century but matters escalated in 1949 when an idol of Ram was placed under the central dome of Babri Masjid. The Sunni Waqf Board pointed to the grants they received from Babur and later from the British administration in India.

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